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Resistance is hopeless : assimilating queer theory

McKee, Alan (1999) Resistance is hopeless : assimilating queer theory. Social Semiotics, 9(2), pp. 235-249.

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Abstract

This paper seeks to assimilate Queer Theory: that is, to bring it within the gambit of a ‘mainstream’ or ‘dominant’ space: the academy. It does so by historicising Queer Theory, and investigating, if not what it is, then at least what it has been. This makes it possible to engage critically with Queer Theory. Suggesting that Queer Theory has often employed tropes of assimilation, the paper turns to another cultural site at which such language is popular - science fiction - in order to investigate the assumption of these metaphors. It goes on to suggest some of the assumptions about cultures which underlie these metaphors. Finally, it points to other sites in Queer Theory which undermines these assumptions, and provide other ways - quite uninterested in assimilation - in which to think Queer.

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ID Code: 42011
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Queer Theory, assimilation
DOI: 10.1080/10350339909360434
ISSN: 1035-0330
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Disciplines > Film & Television
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1999 Taylor & Francis
Copyright Statement: This is an electronic version of an article published in [Social Semiotics, 9(2), pp. 235-249]. [Social Semiotics] is available online at informaworldTM
Deposited On: 17 Jun 2011 08:16
Last Modified: 19 Jun 2011 14:05

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